This year’s E3 lived up to its expectations as fans got several high profile announcements along with some new consoles. The annual event has brought some major surprises for gamers who mainly play online games across different platforms. For instance, both Microsoft and Psyonix announced that online players will be able to interact with players across all platforms. However, Sony refused to follow the trend for now as gamers will be able to interact with others from PlayStation network only. Recently, Sony’s Jim Ryan Talked to Eurogamer when he said that there’s no philosophical stance against the move. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-06-13-sony-defends-decision-to-block-cross-play-with-xbox-one-and-nintendo-switch
During the interview, he pointed out that the decision to exclude the platform across cross-console gameplay is a decision after a discussion between company and its shareholders. He said, “We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base. Minecraft, the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it’s all ages but it’s also very young. We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation-curated universe. Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”
However, it seems that the company has chosen to exclude itself from the cross-console compatibility purely from business standpoint. Since other companies like Microsoft and Nintendo have joined to bring the feature to players, maybe Sony will finally decide to bring the option to its platform in coming months. We have to wait and see if that’s the case.
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